Transmission Planning and Siting 101

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Opening Remarks, Diane Ramthun (fast forward to 2 minutes)

Dale Burmester (ATC)

Clair Moeller (MISO), Laren Azar (DOE) and Kira Lohr (CUB)

Eric Callisto, Commission Wisconsin Public Service Commission

Michael May (Madison) and Sarah Justus (ATC)

Panel Discussion:  Paul Kent, Stafford Rosenbaum LLP Federal perspective: Lauren Azar, DOE Municipal perspective: Michael May, Madison City Attorney PSCW: Eric Callisto, Public Service Commission of Wisconsin

Agenda May 30

Presentation Materials Only

Burmester – Transmission Siting 101 Presentation 5-31-2013

National Transmission Planning Efforts Azar

MISO Overview Moeller

City Perspective Michael May

Transmission Planning and Siting 101
May 31 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Confirmed for 8 CLEs

 What You Should Know Before Your Clients Call about the Proposed Transmission Line across Their Property—Unwinding the Process


What You Should Know Before Your Clients Call about the Proposed Transmission Line Across Their Property—Unwinding the Process

Wisconsin State Bar Energy & Telecommunications Section

 Site:  Mechanical Engineering, the 3M Auditorium
Date:  May 31, 2013
Parking in Lot 17 (Directly behind Mechanical Engineering and directly in front of Camp Randall Stadium)
Registration Fee: 

$150: Open Enrollment

$95.00: WPUI and Wisconsin State Bar Energy and Telecommunications Section Members (CLE credits applied for)

 $55.00: Government

Webcast Fee: $20 (no CLEs)

Note: As this is first and foremost a CLE event, the topics below will be formatted in such a fashion as to meet SCR Chapter 31 (a) The primary objective of any CLE activity shall be to increase the attendee’s professional competence as a lawyer.  (b) The CLE activity shall deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law, professional responsibility or ethical obligations of lawyers.


8:00 – 8:15 Join us for registration and coffee

8:15 – 8:30 Welcome and Framing the Day — Diane Ramthun, Independent Counsel

8:30 – 9:20 How Do Transmission Projects Originate? — John Flynn, ATC

This section will focus on how projects originate from an incumbent transmission owner and non-incumbent developer.   This will be a high level overview. The speaker will focus on the different types of transmission and the timelines for addressing those needs. The speaker also will discuss what agencies set the rules for transmission needs that must be considered in transmission planning—for example, FERC, the states, NERC.  The topics addressed will include:

Overview:  Grid Basics in brief: Transmission and distribution components and the corresponding allocation of FERC and state jurisdiction regarding planning.

Bottom-Up (Technical) Analysis (e.g., growing local load or generator additions; generation retirements; repair or replacement of outdated equipment – Baseline Reliability Projects and Generator Interconnection Projects)  -Where does this information come from and what kind of analysis is conducted on this data.

Institution Changes or Requirements (e.g., Renewable Portfolio Standards; Changes in system performance from institutional events such as new EPA rules: generation mix changes; Multi-Value Projects) How does ATC deal with the implementation and or requirement of non-economic/technical requirements transmission expansion decisions?  In some cases, required changes are on a short time planning horizon.

 9:20 – 9:30 Break

 9:30-11:00 The Regional and Interregional Planning Process:  MISO and  FERC— Moderator Kira Loehr, CUB

In this section our panel will review MISO’s regional planning process and how it is coordinated with other entities pursuant to FERC Order No. 890 and will comply with FERC Order 1000.  This section will also identify where stakeholders have opportunities to participate in the process.  Each speaker will have 30 minutes and this will be followed by Q&A with the audience.

MISO Planning Process—Clair Moeller, MISO

How does MISO conduct regional planning and what are all of the inputs considered in developing the regional transmission plan? 

Order 1000—Lauren Azar, DOE

FERC goals regarding coordination among states and between Regional Transmission Organizations (RTOs), planning and cost allocation

11:00-11:15  Break

 11:15 – 12:15 PSC’s Role in Transmission Planning and Siting—Eric Callisto, Wisconsin Public Service Commission

The role of states and the Organization of MISO States in Transmission Planning Processes

 Specific Projects and State Statutory Procedures:  Allowing individual intervention; pre-application processes, completeness, technical and public (local) hearings, coordination with DNR permitting process, post-approval oversight:

  • § Determination of public interest and needs
  • § Consideration of environmental impacts and siting of the project
  • § Final decision and rehearing process

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch and Discussion

1:00 – 2:30 Property Owner and Municipalities Rights—Moderator Anita Gallucci, Boardman & Clark LLP

Michael May:  Representing municipalities (30 minutes)
Sarah Justus:  Representing ATC (30 minutes)

 In this session we will first hear from Michael May, City Attorney for Madison,  regarding how the process looks from the local government viewpoint.  ATC will respond with how they have addressed these types of concerns.  This will be followed immediately by a panel discussion.  Specifically we will look at

  • What kinds of issues concern local government?
  • § What kinds of agreements have been struck in communities to recognize the value of the project to the municipality?
  • § Address environmental impacts and siting concerns, propose undergrounding and/or re-routing, easements.
  • § What rights does a local community hold if none of the power is designated for use inWisconsin?

2:30 – 2:40 Break

2:40 – 4:30 Roundtable Discussion:  This discussion will include questions such as:

  • § Merchant transmission—does it have a role and what might that look like?
  • § Is the public participation process working?  Why or why not?  Does it need to be changed?

Moderator:  Anita Gallucci, Boardman & Clark LLP

  • § Transmission Owner perspective: Chris Zibart,  ATC
  • §  Landowner perspective: Paul Kent,  Stafford Rosenbaum LLP
  • § Federal perspective:  Lauren Azar, DOE
  • § Municipal perspective:  Michael May, Madison City Attorney
  • § PSCW:  Eric Callisto
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